Offshore Solutions Group and HR Wallingford investigate floating wind storage areas

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 09/09/2022 HR Wallingford

A new industry partnership aims to identify offshore storage areas for turbines awaiting installation in the Celtic Sea. TS-Flow JIP, led by Offshore Solutions Group and delivered in partnership with HR Wallingford, is trying to keep supply chains moving by freeing up space on quaysides and inner-harbours for assembling turbines.

The TS-Flow JIP is bringing together developers, port authorities, installers and other parties working in the Celtic Sea. The first phase of the initiative will be a technical assessment and will identify potential locations, an outline of the required permitting framework, technical constraints, and practical considerations. Subsequent phases will explore how to transform potential sites into usable locations.

Commenting on the launch of the TS-Flow JIP, Will Rowley, group CEO at Offshore Solutions Group noted: “This joint industry partnership is recognition of the need for advanced planning and technical solutions by the floating wind industry to support large-scale local delivery of floating wind solutions. We welcome the support of the developers and partners involved and the positive recognition of this initiative received from regulators and the UK government.”

Mike Case, business development manager for clean energy at HR Wallingford, said: “Keeping operations moving is a critical issue for the floating wind industry, and the team at HR Wallingford is excited to apply our site selection expertise to the challenge.”


Earlier this year The Crown Estate identified five broad ‘Areas of Search’ for the development of floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea. These project development areas will be offered to the market via competitive tender, to be launched in mid-2023. It is intended that these areas will deliver 4GW of floating offshore wind power by 2035.